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Relating linear and angular kinematics

  1. Jun 22, 2003 #1
    im really having a hard tym doing this assignment of mine, i hope someone cud help me out on this one.

    at t= 3.00s a point on the rim of a 0.200-m-radius wheel has a tangential speed of 50.0 m/s as the whell slows down with a tangential acceleration of constant magnitude 10.0 m/s2.
    a.)Calculate the wheel's constant angular acceleration.
    b.) calculate the wheel's constant angular velocities at t= 3.00s and t= 0.
    c.) through what angle did the wheel turn between t=0 and t=3.00s?
    At what time will the radial acceleration equal g?

    can you tell me the formula and the proccess on how to solve this problems..please.. ive tried to solve this one but just couldnt get any good answers. please neone help me....:frown:
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    An entire circle is 2pi radians and the circumference of a circle of radius 0.2 m is .4 pi m. That means that an angular velocity of omega radians/s is the same as (1/(2pi)omega) revolutions per second or (.4pi)(1/(2pi))omega = .2 omega m/s tangential speed. Since you are given that, at t=3, the tangential speed is 50 m/s, it follow that the angular velocity at that time satisfies 50= .2 omega or
    omega= 50/.2= 250 radians/s. (That's part of the answer to part b.)

    If the wheel was slowing down at a constant 10 m/s^2, then, when t=0, the tangential speed must have been 50+ 3(10)= 80 m/s^2. By the same argument, the angular velocity at that time was 80/.2=
    400 radian/s. (That's the rest of the answer to part b.)

    Since the angular velocity changed from 400 radians/s to 250 radians/s in 3 seconds, the angular acceleration is (250-400)/3=
    -150/3= -50 radians/s^2. (That's the answer to part a.)

    For a constant angular acceleration of -50 m/s and angular velocity at t=0 of 400 radians/sec, the angular velocity after t seconds is 400- 50t radians/sec. The "position" (in the sense of angles) is the integral of that 400t- 25t^2 (assuming 0 as the initial "angle") so in 3 seconds, the wheel will have turned through an angle of 400(3)- 25(3^2)= 1200- 25(9)= 1200- 225= 975 radians. (That's the answer to part c.)

    If you don't want to use calculus (the "integral") you can use an "averaging method". At t=0, the angular velocity is 400 radians/s and at t= 3, the angular velocity is 250 radians/sec. The average angular velocity is (400+ 250)/2= 650/2= 325 radians/sec (averaging using only the first and last values works ONLY when the rate of change (here acceleration) is constant). Moving at 325 radians/s for 3 sec means the wheel moves through 325*3= 975 radians as above. (Of course, proving that, for constant acceleration, we can average like that, requires calculus!)

    The radial acceleration of a wheel with radius R and angular velocity of omega is R omega^2. That will be equal to g when, of course, R omega^2= g. Here, R= 0.2, g= 9.8, and omega= 400- 50t so you need to solve 0.2(400-50t)^2= 9.8 to answer the last question.
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